Happy New Years Eve! I thought a post about drinking in law school would be very appropriate for today. While law school can be extremely busy, on the weekends law students drink. I am sure it is the same for many other graduate programs.
You get to the weekend and you are so mentally drained that all you want to do is kick back with some friends and drink wine or a few beers. There is nothing wrong with casually drinking. If you are on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, drinking a few drinks on the weekends will not mess up your goals.
However, my experience is that we do not just drink one drink or two, it is usually a lot more. Sometimes it gets out of hand and the hangover the next day is terrible. This makes it nearly impossible to make it to the gym the next day. If I drink heavily I also tend to eat pretty unhealthy that night and the next day. I also struggle to do any of my homework the next day. Let’s just say I am on the permanent struggle bus all weekend.
If I am being honest I did this a lot my first semester of law school. I would work really really hard during the week and on the weekends I would implode and turn to bad habits. Whats even worse, sometimes I would drink a cup of whine when I was doing my readings because “I was so stressed.”
My body, skin and mental health were deteriorating. By the end of my second semester, I had cut down on drinking and I was only drinking once in a while with my boyfriend or friends. I even enjoy beer fests every once in a while. As a result, I have time to do work on the weekends, but also do the things I enjoy. This has been crucial for my change to a healthy lifestyle. I have less anxiety and I am in much better shape. So have fun and de-stress, but try and remember that law school is a three-year marathon, not a sprint. Also, remember that lawyers have stressful careers and excessive drinking can lead to bad habits later in life.